Australia received a huge blow on the eve of the Adelaide test match as their new captain was removed from the playing eleven due to Covid Scare. Cummins had gone to dine and realized later from an official message that he was seated within the vicinity of an individual who tested positive. Australia went on with Steve Smith as the captain and is in a comfortable position with 411 for seven at the time of writing this post.
Earlier it was reported that the captain would be required to spend 7 days in isolation but now Cricket Australia have confirmed that Cummins would be returning to his home in New South Wales. Cummins would drive by himself to the charter flight and will onboard with PPE and hygiene controls.
Earlier, Perth was removed as the venue for the fifth test match due to the WA government’s insistence of completing the 14-day mandatory period for anyone coming off from outside the state except Brisbane.
“Under the plan approved by SA Health, he will self-drive from isolation and then, with the appropriate PPE and hygiene controls, take a single charter flight.” a statement from Cricket Australia reads.
Cummins was tested for PCR on Thursday which came out negative. The captain would be required to follow all isolation measures in New South Wales. Australia is already without the services of Josh Hazelwood and now without Pat Cummins, they may have a tough outing in stopping the English batsmen on what is appearing as a flat track in the ongoing 2nd test match.
Australia has earlier roped in Jhye Richardson and now Michael Neser will be included in place of Cummins. Earlier, Nick Hockley, the CEO of Cricket Australia confirmed that they are not looking to completely lock down the players in accordance with the player’s mental well-being. “
“We don’t want to completely lock down the players. “We’re very conscious of taking a proportionate approach, very conscious of their mental wellbeing.”
Australia would have suffered more blows but were lucky that Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc, who also dined at the same restaurant were far seated from the Covid positive individual. Their nearby individuals were labeled “Casual contacts”